Springbok No 8 Duane Vermeulen has revealed how a fortunate encounter with a good samaritan enabled him to return home after initial fears of being stranded in Japan.
The Japan Rugby Football Union has confirmed its decision to cancel the remainder of the Top League season in response to the global coronavirus pandemic.
Malcolm Marx, Kwagga Smith and Lionel Cronje starred for their respective teams in round six of the Japanese Top League this past weekend.
Three World Cup-winning Springboks scored and several others also starred in round five of the Japanese Top League this past weekend.
Duane Vermeulen and Lappies Labuschagne played starring roles in the Kobuta Spears’ win over Sanix Blues, while other Saffas made telling contributions across round four of the Japanese Top League.
There were mixed fortunes for the South Africans in round two of the Japanese Top League this weekend.
World Cup-winning Springbok flank Kwagga Smith scored a try and won a vital late turnover during Yamaha Júbilo’s 31-29 win over Toyota Verblitz in round one of Japan’s Top League competition.
Kwagga Smith scored a crucial second-half try to help Yamaha Jubilo get their Top League campaign off to a successful start by beating Toyota Verblitz in the first round this weekend.
The Japanese Top League season kicked off over the weekend with record attendance numbers for the opening round of action.
SARugbymag.co.za looks at where the 33 World Cup-winning Springboks will feature in the lead-up to the 2020 Test season.